Ex-Hull KR skipper Wayne Parker backs Supporters' Trust
FORMER Hull KR captain Wayne Parker has given his approval to a proposed Supporters' Trust.
Parker and fellow former Robin Paul Fletcher were invited to the latest working group meeting this week and were impressed by what they heard.
Rovers' supporters will have their chance to vote on whether to go ahead with the Trust at an open meeting in the Harry Poole bar at MS3 Craven Park on December 9.
Parker sees no reason why a Trust can't be a success, especially as it gives fans a voice on issues that matter to their club.
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"I think it is a great idea," Parker told the Mail.
"Any time fans are given a say in the running of their club is a great thing.
"For many supporters they have no contact with anyone at the club so they rely on information in the media.
"Through a Trust they will be able to have their say and will be listened to by the board. The fact that chairman Neil Hudgell and vice chairman Rob Crossland are backing it shows it was in the best interest of the club to get into Super League.
"Before Rovers got into Super League, the club wasn't in a great position but we had a good run to get promotion.
"But that buzz with the fans has died off a little and this should help revive it.
"Certainly from the ex-players points of view, the Trust is something we are right behind."
There is a lot of work to do before a trust can be set up.
All indications suggest the fans are in favour with hundreds pledging their support already.
A working group, chaired by Peter Walker, has been set up to promote the benefits of a Trust.
Walker has been impressed with the level of support shown so far and intends to make sure the fans know everything they need to about the benefits.
"The level of support has been great so far," Walker told the Mail.
"Fans have been pledging their support to the Trust by emailing me.
"It's great to have the support of Wayne and Paul and the Ex-Players Association.
"What better way can you endorse the Trust than by getting the former players involved?
"If the Trust is given the go-ahead, a constitution will be drafted which will highlight where any money raised through the sale of shares and events will go. As a Trust, we want the youth development to benefit most.
"This is a long-term project and the more shares we sell the closer we will get to having a place on the board.
"We are not planning a take over of the club, we just want to give supporters part ownership of their club and have our voice heard by the board of directors."
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